Over the past few years, crinkly, cheap, plastic water bottles have become outdated, and renewable, stylish replacements that are environmentally friendly have begun to flood Carmel High School.
There are a variety of different bottles that can be spotted on campus, but the top three boil down to the stainless steel-based HydroFlask and Swell and the plastic Nalgene.
“With reusable water bottles, they only really benefit the world if you use one and you keep it and you don’t lose it,” senior Environmental Club president Katy Anderson says.
Approximately 153.9 plastic water bottles are used per year per American, a number which can be reduced by one reusable bottle.
Although stainless steel bottles take more energy to produce than plastic bottles due the fact that they are reusable, they still reduce environmental impact. The stainless steel material of the HydroFlask and Swell bottle makes the container reusable as well as the material once its lifespan ends and is recycled. Some students care less for the environmental aspects and more for the pure style of reusable bottles.
“I have a HydroFlask mainly because everyone else has one and I want to be cool,” junior Sophia Supica admits.
Both HydroFlask and Swell bottles strive in the category of style. Swell bottles are available in 17 different color collections and the majority of each collection has multiple different colors and patterns. HydroFlasks, on the other hand, have 14 different colors, but the bottle is more customizable with different caps and bottle shapes.
According to the HydroFlask website, “Cold stays icy cold up to 24 hours. Hot stays steaming hot up to six hours. No sweat.”
Swell bottles boast slightly more impressive stats with the ability to keep drinks cold for 24 hours and keep drinks hot for 12 hours. However, Swell bottles only come in three different sizes compared to the seven different sizes of HydroFlask.
“Swell has some nice style points,” freshman Hunter Heger claims. “Plus, it keeps my water cold all day, and it is durable and easy to refill.”
“I’m a simple guy,” senior Mike McDonald says. “I’m not into all that nice HydroFlask stuff. I like my Nalgene.”
But Nalgene bottles do not have the same quality bells and whistles as Swells or HydroFlasks, which is why they are far more affordable. A 32-ounce Nalgene bottle costs $11, and a 48-ounce bottle costs $12. Swell’s 25-ounce bottle, their biggest, costs $45 and HydroFlask’s 32-ounce costs $40 while their 40-ounce costs $43. The high-quality stainless steel of HydroFlasks and Swells makes them more expensive, but also more environmentally friendly.
“Nalgene bottles are super simple and super cheap,” senior Evan Crane mentions. “It is able to hold a lot of water without costing a lot of money, which is why I bought one over a HydroFlask.”
Students don’t solely use these three brands, but they are the most popular. There is a wide range of other water bottles that students use. Not all CHS students have gotten on the water bottle hype. More than a few bring single-use bottles to school.